Over the last 24 hours, the web and social media platforms are rife with reports of a 48-hour global Internet shutdown. The truth, however, is far from it.
Here’s a quick summary of what you need to know about the alleged shutdown and how it affects you.
# ICANN is changing the cryptographic key that protects Internet’s address book or Domain Name System (DNS).
# The change involves a rollover of the Root Zone KSK (Key Signing Key), which was last done in 2010.
# The process, in a nutshell, will make the Internet more secure and help curb cyber attacks.
# All major network operators and ISPs have known about this change for a long time. If they have taken the recommended steps, their users won’t be impacted.
# ICANN expects less than 1 percent of Internet users, primarily with inactive service providers, to be affected.
# The rollover completed at 9:30 pm (IST) on October 11 and no major issues have been reported since then.
# If your Internet is working now, its because your service provider has done what was required and you can safely ignore click-bait headlines about ‘global shutdown’.
Those who wish to follow official updates about the change or learn more about the Root Zone KSK rollover can do so from ICANN’s website.Back to latest news